rahul-malik / XcodeGen

Swift command line tool that generates your Xcode project from a simple spec and your folder structure

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XcodeGen is a command line tool that generates your Xcode project using your folder structure and a simple project spec.

The project spec is a YAML or JSON file that defines your targets, configurations, schemes and custom build settings. All you source directories are automatically parsed and referenced appropriately while preserving your folder structure. Sensible defaults are used in many places, so you only need to customize what is needed.

  • Easy configuration of projects which is human readable and git friendly
  • Groups in Xcode are always synced to your directories on disk
  • Create projects on demand and remove your .xcodeproj file from git, which means no merge conflicts!
  • Easily copy and paste files and directories without having to edit anything in xcode
  • Share build settings across multiple targets with build setting groups
  • Automatically generate Schemes for different environments like test and production
  • Easily create new projects with complicated setups on demand without messing around with Xcode
  • Generate from anywhere including Continuous Delivery servers
  • Distribute your spec amongst multiple files for easy sharing and overriding

Given a very simple project spec file like this:

name: My Project
    type: application
    platform: iOS
    sources: MyApp
      - target: MyFramework
    type: framework
    platform: iOS
    sources: MyFramework

A project would be created with 2 connected targets, with all the required configurations and build settings. See the Project Spec documentation for all the options you can specify.


Make sure Xcode 9 is installed first.


$ mint run yonaskolb/xcodegen


$ git clone https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
$ cd XcodeGen
$ make


$ brew tap yonaskolb/XcodeGen https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
$ brew install XcodeGen

Swift Package Manager

Use as CLI

$ git clone https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
$ cd XcodeGen
$ swift run

Use as dependency

Add the following to your Package.swift file's dependencies:

.package(url: "https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git", from: "1.0.0"),

And then import wherever needed: import XcodeGenKit


Simply run:

$ xcodegen

This will look for a project spec in the current directory called project.yml

Use xcodegen --help to see the list of options:

  • --spec: An optional path to a .yml or .json project spec
  • --project: An optional path to a directory where the project will be generated. By default this is the current directory


$ git clone https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
$ cd XcodeGen
$ swift package generate-xcodeproj

This use Swift Project Manager to create an xcodeproj file that you can open, edit and run in Xcode, which makes editing any code easier.

If you want to pass any required arguments when running in XCode, you can edit the scheme to include launch arguments.

Project Spec

See Project Spec documentation here


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Inspiration for this tool came from:


Pull requests and issues are welcome


XcodeGen is licensed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more info.


Swift command line tool that generates your Xcode project from a simple spec and your folder structure

License:MIT License


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